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Every two years, the Harvard Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition has transformed Radcliffe Yard with student-designed public art installations in the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Garden. Latent (e)Scape, on view spring 2015 to spring 2017, was inspired by the glimmering of lightning bugs and waving grasses along the New England shore and in the Midwestern prairie. Photo by Kevin Grady

Harvard Radcliffe Institute is a cross-disciplinary laboratory of ideas that brings together students, scholars, and practitioners to engage with issues that can only be fully understood by drawing on research from across the humanities, sciences, social sciences, arts, and professions.

Radcliffe is unique among Harvard schools: Although we do not award degrees, we offer unparalleled opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students. Harvard Radcliffe Institute provides learning and research experiences that are difficult to find in a traditional classroom setting. Radcliffe students work directly with our fellows and faculty, providing unique opportunities for mentorship, and they work across departmental boundaries, connecting with peers across the University. The Institute enriches the Harvard student experience by fostering interdisciplinary, engaged scholarship focused on the most pressing issues of our time.

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Opportunities for Harvard Undergraduates

Law, Education, and Justice Working Groups

These noncredit discussion groups give Harvard undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to engage deeply and build community around important issues within law, education, and justice. During the 2020­–2021 academic year, the groups are titled "Gender, Race, and Punishment" and "From Plantations to Prisons: A Spotlight on Harvard University."

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Radcliffe Research Partnership

The Radcliffe Research Partnership (RRP) program matches Harvard College students with Radcliffe fellows in a research and mentorship program. Fellows act as mentors, while students provide research assistance, acquire valuable research skills, and participate in the Institute's rich intellectual life.

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Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program is a youth-mentorship initiative focused on engaging local high school students in leadership development, social movements, and civic engagement. Harvard College sophomores and juniors act as mentors, to support and encourage high school participants’ success in the program and curriculum.

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Student Advisory Board

Radcliffe Student Advisory Board members shape student-related programs and experiences at Radcliffe and represent the Institute at their respective schools and departments. Harvard undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.

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Radcliffe Engaged Student Grants

The Radcliffe Engaged Student Grant Program provides $1,500 stipends per project to support the research, creative, and service work of Harvard undergraduate and graduate students on topics related to the Radcliffe Engaged focus areas: Law, Education, and Justice and Youth Leadership.

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Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery Student Grants

The Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery Student Grant Program provides $1,500 stipends per project to support the research and creative work of Harvard undergraduate and graduate students on the topic of Harvard and the legacy of slavery.

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Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships

Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships provide funding to Harvard undergraduates to conduct research in Harvard Radcliffe Institute's Schlesinger Library's collections. The research may relate to any of the Library’s holdings, which include special collections documenting two centuries of social reform movements, from abolition to transgender rights.

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Opportunities for Harvard Graduate Students

Graduate Student Fellowships

As graduate student fellows, Harvard PhD students who are completing their dissertation participate in the Radcliffe Fellowship Program. Graduate student fellowships provide a stipend, tuition and health fees, and a private work space in Byerly Hall.

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Law, Education, and Justice Working Groups

These noncredit discussion groups give Harvard undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to engage deeply and build community around important issues within law, education, and justice. During the 2020­–2021 academic year, the groups are titled "Gender, Race, and Punishment" and "From Plantations to Prisons: A Spotlight on Harvard University."

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Student Advisory Board

Radcliffe Student Advisory Board members shape student-related programs and experiences at Radcliffe and represent the Institute at their respective schools and departments. Harvard undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.

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Radcliffe Engaged Student Grant Program

The Radcliffe Engaged Student Grant Program provides $1,500 stipends per project to support the research, creative, and service work of Harvard undergraduate and graduate students on topics related to the Radcliffe Engaged focus areas: law, education, and justice and youth leadership.

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Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery Student Grants

The Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery Student Grant Program provides $1,500 stipends per project to support the research and creative work of Harvard undergraduate and graduate students on the topic of Harvard and the legacy of slavery.

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We talked to Kaitlyn Greenidge about Libertie, the novel she worked on as 2018–2019 Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellow at Radcliffe. Link in profile. Photo by Tony Luong/New York Times/Redux

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Harvard Radcliffe Institute and the Schlesinger Library pause, briefly, in the fight for equality to celebrate achievements past and present on International Women's Day.

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